2012 Geneva: Jaguar reveals XF Sportbrake based on famous sporting saloon

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2012

Jaguar introduces the XF Sportbrake, which is based on the automaker's world-famous sporting saloon. The latest model extends the practicality and versatility of the saloon while retaining the core values of muscular and dramatic elegance, contemporary luxury and a dynamic driving experience. The XF Sportbrake develops on the extensive refresh that the XF saloon for the 2012 model year has received.

This new XF model is entirely new from the B-pillar backwards. It is accented with a very different aesthetic, highlighted by its polished finish and exemplified by the tautly drawn elegance of the side-window line. The XF Sportbrake features a dynamic, broad-shouldered stance, thanks to the conjunction of flowing back window graphic, estate roofline and rising waist.

The design-led strategy that developed the exterior of the XF Sportbrake has been achieved concurrently with the aim of maximizing practicality. The extended roofline provides passengers in the rear an additional 48mm of headroom. The seats come in both an integral ski hatch and a 60:40 split fold function. The load-space opening has a remote-fold lever which enables the seats to be stowed flat conveniently and fast to provide a cargo volume of at most 1,675 liters.

The XF Sportbrake is run exclusively by the range of powerful efficient and refined diesel engines from Jaguar. They drive the back wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.2-liter powerplant comes with Jaguar's Intelligent Stop-Start system, making it the automaker's most efficient powertrain so far. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 comes in two states of tune, with 275PS in the range-topping Diesel S.

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